Excavation Wraps for Foster + Partners’ 50 Hudson Yards as Foundation Work Begins

50 Hudson Yards50 Hudson Yards, along Tenth Avenue. Credit: Related-Oxford

Excavation at 50 Hudson Yards is nearing completion, and thanks to an aerial by Archartdescon, we can see that foundation work has also now commenced. Construction is advancing with incredible speed, and most of the site has been cleared since YIMBY’s last report in November. The pace isn’t too surprising when one considers the several excavators operating simultaneously. Related Companies is responsible for the Hudson Yards development.

50 Hudson Yards

50 Hudson Yards, image by Archartdescon

Spanning an entire city block, 50 Hudson Yards will be the fourth largest commercial office tower and the most expensive one in New York City upon completion. Its total cost is expected to be just shy of $4 billion. Once complete, the 985-foot tall structure will yield 2.9 million square feet within. The building has already secured one anchor tenant, with BlackRock agreeing to lease 850,000 square feet.

50 Hudson Yards

50 Hudson Yards, with 30 Hudson Yards (at right) and the No. 7 Subway. Credit: Related-Oxford

Foster + Partners is responsible for the architecture.

Hudson Yards' Master Plan

Hudson Yards’ Master Plan

50 Hudson Yards is the final tower to rise in Related Companies’ phase one of Hudson Yards. Phase Two, as known as The Western Yards, will be located across the several blocks between 11th and 12th Avenue. The seven-building development will create residential space, one office complex, and a school for K-8th grade education. Of the 6.22 million square feet created, two million square feet will be office, four million will be for residential use, 100,000 square feet will be retail, and 120,000 square feet will be for the school.

50 Hudson Yards from 2007 (top) 50 Hudson Yards with surrounding towers (December 2017)

50 Hudson Yards from 2007 (top) 50 Hudson Yards with surrounding towers (December 2017)

Some exploration on Google Maps can reveal how much the neighborhood has changed. The two-story McDonalds that used to occupy the area is perhaps the most amazing example of how rezoning can affect the city.

50 Hudson Yards construction site, image by NYConstructionPhoto

50 Hudson Yards construction site, image by NYConstructionPhoto

The lot has been in the news lately because of a dispute between Related Co. and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. The tension has risen following the proposal to use “open shop” crews for phase two, according to The Real Deal.

50 Hudson Yards construction site, image by NYConstructionPhoto

50 Hudson Yards construction site, image by NYConstructionPhoto

Completion is expected by 2022.

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12 Comments on "Excavation Wraps for Foster + Partners’ 50 Hudson Yards as Foundation Work Begins"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: Do you like bottle on the 44-story?

  2. Open shop means open season on unions.
    Union labor built this great city.
    And it continues to do so.
    But Related wants to shamefully destroy unions
    – with open-shop construction hiring
    on this second major phase of Hudson Yards.
    The name “Related” will be remembered not for its buildings,
    but for its right-wing greed and union-busting tactics.
    And the quality of Related’s edifices
    will reflect their race to the bottom,
    in terms of the labor they choose.
    In other words, Related’s lack of integrity
    will likewise be exhibited in their buildings.
    You get what you pay for, Related.

    • peter karsov | May 14, 2018 at 3:48 pm | Reply

      you socialist pig, unions are useless and cost EVERYONE more money in the process. go to hell karl marx.

  3. Open shop = illegal non tax paying workers
    Working for greedy related

  4. Local 46 Beamin | May 11, 2018 at 8:44 pm | Reply

    NON-UNION. Related Companies trying to destroy Union Trades of the USA.

    New Leaf is the NON-UNION garbage company building this location you see in the pictures.

    To the Author, “Construction is advancing with incredible speed” is complete bullshit. I’m a Local 46 Ironworker Lather and can tell you the foundation currently built by these SCABS are unorganized, mismanagement, skilless, and unsafe.

  5. CountMein for Union Labor!!! Related is looking to build it cheap! Not better!!! Use Union Labor for the right professional job!!

  6. This is an absolute disaster that Unions provide a better middle class and Related is watering that down

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